I learned a lot of life lessons from my cross-stitching.
1) Only the person who has the cross-stitch pattern knows the full design.
When viewed from the under-side, the pattern is a mess: knotted, loose
threads, not the little "x" patterns which dominate the front.
3. Mistakes happen.
When the above mentioned mistakes happen, sometimes they're caught
early enough to go back & undo the stitches to fix the mistakes.
Other times the entire pattern will shift around a mistake.
5. Cross-stitching takes lots of patience. Lots.
What I think should happen and what the pattern calls for are two
separate things. I think in terms of what is quickest and easiest, but
the pattern calls for difficult things that play out in the long run.
7. When the piece is finished, it's nice, but after everything is outlined, it's stunning.
The pattern can fall short of the piece's beauty because everything is
coded. After a while, the person cross-stitching will automatically know
the code, but the finished product is colorful & not in a code.
The pattern sometimes calls for things the cross-stitcher doesn't
understand (like why do I need to mix and match threads), but the end
result is worth it.
10. When others see the finished piece, they
won't notice the little mistakes made along the way, but the beauty of
the cross-stitch and the time, effort, & skill that went into making
I connect cross-stitching to my faith.
*I don't always
see the Master's pattern & sometimes I only see the back of the
cross-stitch, where I notice the mistakes & mess, but can't see how
it works into the greater beauty of the piece.
*Mistakes made can
very rarely be entirely undone, but that's no reason to throw away the
partial cross-stitch. Mistakes in life will happen, but life will keep
going on. It is inevitable that every person will stumble and fall in
the mud, the question is will I admit it, get up, & dust myself off?
Or will I wallow in the mud in self-pity? I can't change the past, but I
have hope in my future.
*I don't understand or know God's plan for
my life. I try to go day-by-day leaning on & trusting in Him. I
don't always understand why I'm going through a certain situation,
however I can take refuge in the fact that I'm not going through that
situation alone & God can turn any situation I go through into
something for His glory. I sometimes think in terms of what's easiest,
but in being a Christ-follower, I am committed to following Him, even
when the road isn't easy.
*Like the difference between a finished
cross-stitch & an *outlined* finished cross-stitch, a person's life
can be good & nice, but when that same life is outlined in Jesus, it
*Sometimes I am painfully aware of my faults
and failures, but forget that what is so obvious to me, sometimes
appears in a more subtle way to passerby's.
A verse from Colossians (3: 23) seems applicable here: Whatever you do, work at it with
all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since
you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.
It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
Whatever I do. Whether that is walking to class, reading my Bible, studying, or even cross-stitching.